I have 2 dogs, a 6 year old Staffordshire Bull Terrier named Bailey and a 8 month old puppy named Roxy. Roxy is 50% Staffordshire Bull, 25% Labrador and 25% Springer Spaniel.

They both have their problems, Bailey is aggressive towards other dogs. He's been that way since I rescued him in 2011 from the kennels, I think his previous owners used him for dog fighting. He is not aggressive towards Roxy, although they have just had a little fight over a bone, which has been taken off them. I've had 3 professional trainers come out to see him, but nothing has changed, so I've had to just accept that that is just the way he is, but if anyone has any advice there, feel free to leave a comment.

Now for the main problem, well, the one that annoys me the most. Roxy is chewing everything she can get hold of whenever I leave the house, even if I'm only out for 15 minutes to go to the local shop. Whenever I leave the house I have to make sure there is nothing she can get. They are both 100% obedient when I'm home, sit, stay, come etc. They do exactly as they are told and stop misbehaving when they're told. I cannot tell them to stop when I'm not there though.

I know it is Roxy that is doing it as I've left Bailey alone many times before I got Roxy and everything was fine. I do believe that he could be joining in with Roxy though. I cannot even leave the house without thinking I need to get back for the dogs after 30 minutes, I live alone and have nobody that can watch them while I'm out. How can I train her to stop this if I'm not there when she is doing it?

P.S. I can not be too strict with her, if anyone raises thrir voice at her while she is being told off, she gets nervous and pees on the floor.

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    "She gets nervous and pees on the floor" sounds like submission. Maybe you're exaggerating a bit when getting angry. :) Do the dogs have some chewing toys? antlers, rubber bones, or anything similar? Most dogs just want something to chew on to waste some time.
    – Mario
    Commented Aug 23, 2015 at 20:02
  • I agree that it sounds like submission, but I am definately not exaggerating when telling her off. I do raise my voice a little, but not a lot. I also use a deeper tone of voice if that makes any difference. There are plenty of things that they are allowed to chew, mostly rope toys and Kong toys, but she doesn't seem interested in them. They do like real and rawhide bones from the pet shop, but I won't leave them unnatended with them as they could break off a chunk and choke on it. Commented Aug 23, 2015 at 20:14
  • They also fight over the bones sometimes, so that's another reason they need to be supervised with them. Commented Aug 23, 2015 at 20:18
  • What kind of exercise are they getting on a daily basis?
    – rlb.usa
    Commented Aug 24, 2015 at 17:41
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    @rlb.usa They get more than enough exercise. They get around 90 minutes on a morning mostly off lead in the corn fields. They get another long walk around 3ish, then a shorter walk before bed. Commented Aug 24, 2015 at 18:24

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8 months old is still a puppy, and puppies need to chew as their teeth and jaws are developing. IMHO, 8 months is too young to leave them alone, unsupervised and unconfined. Make the Kong toy more interesting: fill it with treats and peanut butter, almond butter or yogurt. Freezing it makes it last even longer. Then give that to your puppy in a crate when you leave. This fulfills their need to chew, gives them some puzzle-solving work to get the treats/food out, reinforces that the Kong is appropriate to chew, and prevents them from chewing anything inappropriate. It also prevents your older dog from stealing it from the puppy. Give one to your older dog too to avoid jealousy problems.

  • There's also stag bars or bull bars, last a long time, are mess free and most dogs love 'em. But it could just be a case of separation anxiety, in which case none of the above will help
    – ThomasH
    Commented Aug 26, 2015 at 14:20

has Roxy always been like that (i.e. chewing everything she likes)? Maybe she thinks it's okay to do so. But that's just me. I've been with many dogs in the past and I always made sure that they do drop the chewing and nipping habit at an early age. Here's a good read about how to deal with this problem: http://www.howtoteachadog.com/how-to-stop-puppy-biting

  • She used to chew everything, but she learnt what she can and cannot chew a few months ago. When I am not there to stop her though, she decides to chew what she's not supposed to. Even if I only leave the house for 10 minutes. She seems to like to chew everything made of plastic. I know how to stop this while I'm there, but how do I stop her from doing it when I'm out of the house. She is very rarely left alone, 9 times out of 10 when I have to go out I get someone to watch them. I think its her way of dealing with separation anxiety. Commented Sep 9, 2015 at 6:54

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